Day 72: Reviewing for the Big Trig Assessment
We are finally at the end of the introduction to trigonometry in precalculus…and to have an assessment that covers the breadth of the topics, my teaching partner and I decided we would create a two-day assessment, one day being non-calculator part and the other day being a calculator part; so each day is written as a class period assessment. In order to get ready, my students were given a review sheet, but in class, having me drone on about the topics and going over problems can be deadly. So….we created 8 Trig Stations (see the post from last year to get some more details) that cover the 8 big topics. Students are in groups of 3-4 and have 10 minutes to work at each station…even if they don’t finish, they move on. This year, students requested to take photos of the questions if they didn’t finish along with the answers (found in the orange envelopes).
Most students found the experience helpful for identifying the areas they needed to focus on for studying. This year I even taped some of the conversations (unbeknownst to the group) so I could hear them use some of the mathematical practices including Sense-make, Reason, Argument, Model, Tools, Precision of language use, and Structure. They were very enlightening and encouraging!
What do you do to check on student use of the math practices?